November 15, 2022 Sports Betting
Saudi Arabia and Croatia will play a friendly match on Wednesday night in Riyadh to complete their World Cup preparations.
Last Thursday’s exhibition match between the Green Men and Panama ended in a draw, while Zlatko Dalic’s team hasn’t played since defeating Austria in the UEFA Nations League back in September.
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Even if Herve Renard’s team hasn’t had many goal-filled outings lately, stringing together a seven-game unbeaten run in all competitions could position Saudi Arabia up nicely for a meeting with last year’s losing World Cup finalists.
Ismael Diaz’s eighth-minute goal was cancelled out by a Haitham Asiri goal eight minutes before halftime, giving Saudi Arabia a draw with Panama last Thursday after starting their November friendly schedule with a victory over Iceland.
After being eliminated in the group stage of the 2018 World Cup, Renard’s team is preparing to compete at the finals for the second consecutive year. It will take something extraordinary for the AFC side to avoid a similar fate this time around against Argentina, Mexico, and Poland in Group C.
Fans shouldn’t anticipate a lot of goalmouth action on Wednesday because Saudi Arabia has only scored four goals during its seven-game unbeaten streak, allowed just two goals to be scored against them, and has kept five clean sheets.
Amazingly, Saudi Arabia hasn’t had more than two goals scored in a game since October 2021, when the Green Men defeated China 3-2 in World Cup qualifying. That match also marked the last time the 51st-ranked nation in the world allowed two goals on home soil.
When Dalic led the Chequered Ones into their first-ever World Cup final four years ago, which was defeated by France on a soggy evening in Moscow, he had not even celebrated his first anniversary as Croatia’s manager.
Croatia enters the Qatar tournament with the wind in their sails after making it through to the Nations League Finals – finishing top of League A Group 1 and exacting revenge on France in the process. They also topped their qualification group for the 2022 edition having only lost one game.
The Chequered Ones won four of their final four Nations League games to advance to the finals, while other teams struggled amid the busy schedule. They now have the difficult task of trying to improve at the World Cup.
Croatia will begin their quest for glory against the African nation on November 23. Playing away from their home stadium does not phase Dalic’s team, who have won each of their last six away games in all competitions. Croatia has been paired with Belgium, Morocco, and Canada in Group F of the tournament.
Saudi Arabia and Croatia will play each other for the first time on Wednesday, and Croatia may be excused for taking a cautious approach to this friendly in order to avoid any catastrophic injuries before the World Cup.
Given that they won over Turkey at the end of September, the Faroe Islands should be appreciated for their recent performance.
We predict the home team to win on Wednesday night, but the Czech Republic has a strong lineup available for this encounter.